Bring Red Carpet Style to Your Apartment Decor

Author: Alecia Pirulis  

The red carpet at the Academy Awards

The red carpet at the Academy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The starlets on the red carpet Sunday night proved one thing: fairy-tale romance is definitely in. Muted shades of pale pink and off-white, Cinderella-like pouf skirts, and acres of lace dominated the Academy Awards. And while the influence of the red carpet has a major impact on the soon-to-follow prom and wedding seasons, the overall themes spill over into decorating, as well.

To capture this year’s Oscar glamour, think soft, pale fabrics for spring bedding, curtains, throws, and pillows. Add touches of lace, florals, and metallics, and keep one word in mind: vintage. The biggest stars exemplified old-school Hollywood chic with their hair, makeup, and dress selections – many of them vintage couture. Make the local antique shop your new favorite destination and look for items that shout “Old Hollywood” – ornate, curvy items from the Art Deco style of the 1930s.

Spring is all about flowers, birds, and sunshine. Animals in general are popular in decorating right now, but birds are especially trendy for spring – think peacock feathers in a vase or bird feathers as a pattern on a pillow or on drapes. Add decorative bird houses, small bird statues, and even paintings of birds. Mix in some floral prints and when selecting colors, think nature – greens, yellows, and earthy browns and golds. Pantone’s colors for spring 2013 include emerald, jade, dusky blue, and lemon zest. Find a color that you like and add just a touch to your apartment to freshen it up for spring.

Men can also borrow red carpet trends for their apartments. The bolder shades of coral, deep red, and vivid blue also turned up at the Academy Awards – perfect shades for men to work with when adding a few seasonal touches to their apartment. A bold red chair, blue curtains, and striped fabrics will liven up your space. Checked patterns are also in for spring, so consider this pattern for a couch slipcover, your spring bedding, or even for curtains.

For lighting, consider adding an ornate chandelier, 60s-style retro lamps, a classic candelabra, or a Neoclassical sconce. No matter what lighting you choose, remember that energy efficiency is also a top priority. Choose LED or CFL bulbs for your trendy new lamps.

Of course, there are some red carpet looks you might prefer to forget, and some spring trends that are downright scary (Bermuda shorts, for example, are back in style). The red carpet trend of strapless gowns is also somewhat alarming and there was an appalling amount of tulle on Sunday night. But when the stars are interviewed and photographed on the red carpet, they are a foretelling of what is on the horizon for fashion and decorating. Whether you take a little from the evening or a lot, you can enjoy some red carpet glamour in your apartment this spring.